When You Were Older

  • by Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by Nick Podehl
  • 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

By the best-selling author of Don't Let Me Go and Pay It Forward, When You Were Older is the heartrending, thought-provoking, and life-affirming story of two very different brothers who try to build a new life together against the backdrop of an uncertain and uneasy time in our shared history.
Russell Ammiano works on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center. On the morning of September 11, 2001, the phone rings while Rusty is rushing to work. The news is devastating: his mother has died of a stroke, leaving his brain-damaged older brother, Ben, alone. This news also saves Rusty's life. He's still at home when two planes hit the World Trade Center--and only one of his friends and colleagues survives.
In a single day, the life Rusty built in New York crumbles to the ground. Rusty returns to his tiny hometown and the brother he was more than happy to leave behind. Ben hasn't changed a bit, but the town has. Tensions are running high in the wake of the terrorist attack while Rusty struggles to put the past behind him and care for the exasperating brother he loves. He finds refuge in drinking coffee in the early morning with beautiful Egyptian-American Anat in her father's bakery. Rusty is beginning to get his life back...until one awful night threatens to take it all away again.

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What the Critics Say

"A fantastic read which will have people talking about it for many weeks and months to come." (Sarah's Book Reviews)
"The award for the amount of humanity woven into a book goes to Catherine Ryan Hyde." (Ivana of Willing to See Less)

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Loved this one

The narrator was incredible, even doing female characters. The story was very good. I highly recommend this Catherine Ryan Hyde.
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- momgiraffe

Just when you think you've heard it all..

This is yet another one of Ms Hyde's perfect stories of imperfection in the real world. This is the world right after 9-11-2001. She hits the nail on the head again. I can never stop her books, they are better than any good movie. Lots of insightful wisdom sprinkled in too.
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- Kindle Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-10-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios